Street takeovers rumble in Orange County

Orange County authorities were busy late Thursday night with three separate street takeovers, including one in which a man was hit by a car and another where a bystander lit a ring of fire around a intersection, officials said.

The illegal street takeovers, also known as sideshows, began around 11:30 p.m. and continued through Friday morning, police said. No arrests or citations were issued in any of the incidents.

In Anaheim, about 80 people gathered on Sunkist Street and East Cerritos Avenue, the police sergeant said. Shane Carringer. At one point, cars circled around the intersection where a fire was started with what appeared to be flammable liquid, according to video from the CBS 2 news station.

By the time police arrived at the scene, the fire was out and the crowd had fled, Carringer said.

During a separate street takeover in Buena Park, a car struck a standing spectator at Valley View Street and Artesia Boulevard, police said. Video posted to social media shows the man being hit by the back of a car as it makes a sharp turn.

The man rolled onto his side and fell to the ground. It was unclear what his condition was, but by the time police arrived, crowds were already fleeing the area, said Sgt. Chad Weaver of the Buena Park Police Department.

Weaver said such incidents are becoming more frequent.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t really a big deal for us last night,” he said. “It’s something that happens regularly in Orange County. It’s nothing unusual.

Police also responded to another sight in Costa Mesa at Kalmus Drive and Red Hill Avenue around 1 a.m., said department spokeswoman Roxi Fyad. No arrests were made.

As sideshow videos are shared online and go viral, law enforcement maintains it is difficult to safely detain attendees when there are hundreds of onlookers near a vehicle performing dangerous stunts.

But they can be dangerous and even deadly. Over the past year, several people have been shot during street takeovers in Los Angeles County, despite dozens, if not hundreds, of witnesses at the scene.

Los Angeles residents who participate in street takeovers may have their vehicles confiscated for up to 30 days or have them permanently seized by law enforcement. Spectators may also be quoted.

Los Angeles Times

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